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McCanns fun run for missing

HOMEPAGE NEWS REPORTS INDEX NEWS MARCH 2010
Original Source: SUN: SATURDAY 13 MARCH 2010
By RICHARD MORIARTY Published: 13 Mar 2010
 

Fundraisers ... McCanns (centre) with, left to right, Rachel Elias, Nicki Durbin, Zoe Tyler and Kirsten O'Brien

THE parents of Madeleine McCann joined 450 runners to take part in a 10km fun run for missing people.

Gerry and Kate McCann lined up together alongside other families whose loved ones vanished at the first ever Miles for Missing People in London's Hyde Park.

In a statement, Kate said: "Gerry and I know the pain that having Madeleine missing has caused us, but sadly we are not alone. There are thousands of families across the UK waiting for news.

"That's why Missing People provides support for missing children, vulnerable adults and families left behind, and we want to do all we can to help them."

The couple wore matching white T-shirts bearing a smiling picture of their daughter and the words "Don't give up on me".

Kate, 42, and her husband Gerry, 41, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were on holiday with their three children in Praia da Luz in Portugal when Madeleine went missing in May 2007.

Among the runners was Rachel Elias, 40, from Blackwood, Gwent, south Wales, sister of former Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards, who went missing in February 1995.

She said: "I am running it for my brother and for all the other people who have disappeared and to support the work of this charity. They have been a tremendous source of strength over the last 15 years.

"He was legally declared dead in November 2008, but there is no certainty over the loss, there is that hope.

"There are moments when you swing between hope and despair, sometimes you feel different emotions at the same time which can be very confusing.

"People describe a missing person as a loss. It is a loss but an ambiguous loss. Until he is found alive or dead we will always have hope."

Also supporting today's event was Nicki Durbin, 41, from Hollesley, Suffolk, whose son Luke disappeared in May 2006 aged 19 following an evening at a nightclub in Ipswich.

BBC3 television presenter Kirsten O'Brien, who worked alongside the late BBC television presenter Mark Speight, helped spur on runners.

She said: "After Mark went missing, it really struck me how helpful it is to have a port of call for people whose loved ones or friends have gone missing. To see the charity in action struck a chord with me.

"Because Mark was so funny there are times when I recall something he did and I just laugh, it's nice to have that joyous element back."

Martin Houghton-Brown, CEO of Missing People, added: "It is a really important day. It is not just about the families who have someone missing, it is about Britain as a whole recognising that this is an issue that can affect anybody."

The event has raised more than 20,000.

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